A COLLECTION OF THIRTEEN INK AND CHALK DRAWINGS BY JOHAN GERARD SINIA (1875-1948)


Sinia started his professional career as an army officer, a captain of the infantry. He came to Indonesia in 1903 and stayed there till 1908, visiting different out-stations of the archipelago. He was a self-taught draughtsman and graphic artist dedicating himself to the arts from 1915 onwards. Drawings by his hand were published
in Weekblad voor Indië, 3rd vol. 1906, in the cultural monthly Nederlandsch-Indië Oud en Nieuw between 1917 and 1926, in De Vrouw en haar Huis IX, 1925, in Onze Aarde, Dec. 1928 and several other books and magazines.

Banks of the river Walanei, South Celebes, signed and dated bottom left J.G.S. 10 ‘08. Pen and ink and black chalk. 15.8 cm x 24.4 cm

“Oud Batavia”, Chinese houses in the Pintoe Besie district, annotated under left and signed and dated “J.G.S 10 ‘06” at the bottom, pen and ink and black chalk. 22.5 cm x 16.5 cm

A Buginese kampong in the plain, signed bottom left and annotated on the reverse, pen and ink and black chalk.

Note: A similar drawing is reproduced in Het Nederlandsch Indisch Huis, oud & nieuw I, p. 319. 19 cm x 26 cm

Buginese proas, signed with monogram bottom right and annotated on the reverse Pelari (Celebes).
Pen and ink and black chalk. 14.8 cm x 19.6 cm

Buginese proas, signed with monogram top right and annotated on a sticker Boegineesche prauw op de rede van Saleijer (rechts de Lompobattang) Zuid Celebes. Reproduced in Het Nederlandsch Indisch Huis, oud & nieuw, 1e en 2de jaargang ‘13- ’14. pag. 142. Pen and ink and black chalk. “Oude Stad Batavia”
17.4 cm x 19.4 cm

Isle of Banka view of Ladang, signed with monogram top right. Pen and ink and black chalk. 18.5 cm x 23 cm

Batavia, Dec. 1906, annotated bottom right and signed J.G.Sinia bottom left, pen and ink and black chalk. 22,6 cm x 16 cm

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